the perfect fit.

Dress (c/o eShakti), Nude Pumps (Macy's, $23)

          It’s no secret, that over the years, I have struggled trying to gain weight. I’ve always been very petite at a rounded-up 5’5” and 102 pounds at my highest (except for when I played LAX in high school, making it to a whole 118 lbs! Woohoo!!). I’ve never really had a personal problem with my body-image, but it’s always been rough playing defense, when good-intentioned friends and family members criticize my weight with comments about the burgers I ought to eat. Thank you, but I’m not anorexic. I just can’t gain weight.

          As a girl who can still fit some of the clothes she wore in grade school (see: the first grade sweater), I was slowly beginning to lose hope that I might ever get out of my skinny jeans. I could honestly say, that as I headed towards college, I was really hoping to find that freshman-fifteen I had heard so much about! And while it didn’t happen that first year…or at any point in college, as a matter of fact, it did finally happen!! Shortly after graduation, everything changed. I ditched my three other jobs (or most of them, anyway) and began teaching full time. And with this new job came a new lunch. And macaroni and cheese every day. And a changing metabolism. And let me tell you, I have never been happier.

          It’s bitter-sweet, not fitting into many of my old clothes; I went from a size 0 to a size 5, in 10 months. And as new as this feeling is, I feel so much healthier and so much more comfortable in my new skin. Besides, it’s been an excuse to go shopping. And I sure do love to shop. ;)

How cool are these pockets?!!
         Speaking of finding the perfect fit, Eshakti kindly sent me this beautiful dress – just in time for the summer season! Eshakti is online brand specializing in custom women’s clothing. Of course, I headed straight for their latest dress collection, and it was so hard to pick just one dress to start, but they offer such a wide variety of clothing styles: from boho blouses, to nautical skirts! And the best part, is their custom sizing; Using your measurements and design-specifications, they create clothing that is unique for your perfect fit.

          Right now, Eshakti is offering a $25 Gift Coupon for first time shoppers. I’ve already got my eye on a few more dresses for my summer wardrobe.


Be sure to check out their latest summer styles, here.

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Happy Shopping!


it's a cruel, cruel summer

Glasses (c/o Firmoo), White Tee (Kohl's, $2.80), Shorts (Kohl's $14)

There is nothing like the first days of summer -- especially after this first year of teaching! For the past month (okay...past few months!) I have been patiently counting down and marking off the days on my calendar, waiting for summer vacation to begin. This summer has required a little more preparation than I'm used to.. A little more activity planning. A little more packing for a much-needed vacation. And a little more shopping. Which has been bitter sweet. This year, I've had to restock my summer wardrobe not only to include all things breezy and fun, but also to include things that actually fit my style and my body. I've finally found that Freshman Fifteen I've heard so much about... I just seemed to find it after I graduated college!!
Among other things this season, I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of sunglasses. Firmoo.com was kind enough to send me some pretty sweet shades, that fit the bill! The best part: they were totally customizable and shipped super fast. I loved that I could choose the tint color and darkness; not to mention, they had plenty of pairs to pick from: from sleek and glamorous to fun and sporty. Firmoo also has a great collection of readers, goggles, and specialty eye wear. Be sure to check out what they have, here.

I've fallen in love with these babies so much, I'm already eyeing what my next pair will be...

And guess what? Firmoo is giving away a pair of free glasses (shipping excluded) to 5 lucky Designed to Love readers! Enter to win yours, below. Giveaway ends June 24 at 12:00am (EST). Winners will be announced next week!

What are your plans for this summer?